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  1. Have sent you a PM about a possible trade. I don't think she's a hybrid, but she's from bugsincyberspace.com, and they do sell oranges as well, so I suppose it's possible? I'd think she would have more orange if that were the case, though. Maybe this is just a minor mutation that adds the color? It's kind of a lightish brown-orange, not dark, deep orange like the orange dominoes. I need some sort of barrier along the top because the lid isn't roach-proof. It's an aquarium hood, so it has gaps that a roach could crawl up into and escape from, and I don't want them getting out while I'm not looking. Thinking of designing an enclosure with spaces available for plants, but not actually putting any plants in, so I can wait and see what they think of the light. The light would certainly help to keep things nice and warm for them.
  2. I have some domino roaches, and two of them have just fully morphed out into adult forms. A male and female, I think? One is larger and shorter-winged than the other. Male? Body roughly nickel-sized. Female? Has one orange spot. Body roughly quarter-sized, larger than the other. The smaller one was chasing the larger one around earlier, and, whenever it caught up, it would stand up against the other one and start quickly bouncing up and down, like it was vibrating. Maybe some sort of display? Or it's just really confused about how to mate. Or maybe it gets too excited and has tiny roach seizures. So, my questions are: How much light will these put up with, if given plenty of shelter? I kinda want to try a planted habitat with them, but I'm not sure if they'd put up with what it would take to keep the plants healthy. They were running around in dim, indirect sunlight earlier. I dug them all up and got a count, and I have 7 large nymphs and the two adults. Is this enough to start off a colony, or should I get more? What does everyone use as substrate for these? I have them in coconut coir right now, but I don't have anywhere near enough to fill the tank I want to put them in. It's an 18" cube. Is sandstone a problem for these guys? The terrarium has a background made of siliconed sandstone (and possibly slate?) pieces. It hasn't been a problem for the American roaches and isopods currently (but not for long) infesting the terrarium, not as far as I can tell. Out of curiosity, what does everyone feed theirs? Mine get lots of hardwood leaves, mostly pecan leaves, plus the occasional entire pecan. They also get cat food, occasional carrot peels, and every now and then a few dried krill (fish food) in case the shell materials would be good for them. Should I give them eggshells, maybe? I'm going to put bones in the enclosure, does anyone know if they'll chew those? I wouldn't mind, I'm just curious. I'm going to use petroleum jelly to keep them in. How wide a band do I need for that? A couple inches? I don't want them to get out and die of dehydration.
  3. Jade is badly toxic to cats and dogs. Roaches are different, clearly, but I wouldn't risk it in case there's long-term effects.
  4. Here they are: I'm pretty sure I read that any Dynastes like these found in Texas are tityus, but I could be wrong. I can get them out of the case for better photos if needed. The female had that dark color when found, and it's stuck around. It seems to be pigment, not some kind of stain. I definitely want these, but I don't want them enough to go to Arizona. I'll keep trying around here. How long does it take for a bait to work? I'm not sure I want to sit out all night in somebody's parking lot with a smelly bait.
  5. Took a look around a few hopeful spots this evening. Lots of grasshoppers and cicadas attracted to the lights, plus geckos and toads come to eat the bugs. Coolest find was a female dobsonfly. No beetles aside from a few tiny ones, unfortunately. Dobsonfly, for those interested. About 3" long, caught in a soft net and released unharmed (but annoyed) after the photo.
  6. I know we have these in the area because I've found a couple of dead ones, and now I'd like to find some live ones. I'm in Central Texas, and there's a vacant lot with some old trees next door to my house, plus a gas station about a mile away that's surrounded by forest. I assume these would be decent spots to look, but I'm not sure if it's the right time of year to find these. I've read that the larvae morph into adults in "late Summer", but I'm not sure when that is. Now? September? Does anyone know if the banana+beer bait is effective for these? How territorial are they? I have an 18" square enclosure I'm thinking of converting, and I'm not sure if I could keep a few beetles in there without a divider, should I be lucky enough to get more than one. Also, do they need any substrate in particular? I don't plan to breed them, but I know they need places to burrow. Is an organic potting soil (containing perlite) acceptable, or should I go for coconut coir? If I do end up with eggs, would it be OK to just take the eggs outside and put them in a suitable spot, assuming the adults were caught a mile or two from my house? I don't want to try to raise the larvae, but it'd be a shame to just let the eggs die. And will I see these guys out-and-about at all, or do they just hide all day? I won't have the room or the enclosure brightly lit, but I know they're nocturnal.
  7. OK, good to know. I'll prop the lid up for now until I can get a screen substitute put together, and I'll add more dead leaves and maybe a couple hunks of slate for them to keep wet under. Am I correct in thinking that there's no real escape risk as long as I only have nymphs, since they don't climb glass?
  8. I don't want to risk the roaches drying out completely, so they're in an aquarium with a glass lid. It's not air-tight, but it's reasonably humid inside, and the substrate stays slightly damp. I'm a bit forgetful about daily maintenance sometimes, so I'm erring on the side of slightly too damp in this case, to be sure I don't end up with a bunch of dehydrated roach husks. The roaches seem to like it- they've grown, and every now and then I see one of them come out during the day. I can't check exactly how fast they're growing because they usually hide, but I dug them all out a couple months ago in the process of refreshing the substrate, and they were all still alive and several times bigger than when I got them.
  9. I have a 2.5gal aquarium that's currently housing about 10 domino roach nymphs. They have a coco fiber substrate that's an average of 1.5" deep, plus a deer antler stub, a piece of pecan bark, and some miscellaneous dead hardwood leaves. They also have a lot of mold. I'm trying to use them as a display colony, so I'd prefer to not have mold, and I'm sure the roaches would prefer not to have mold all over their food. I can't keep the enclosure dryer because then the substrate will dry out, so I'm looking for something that will eat the mold. I thought about isopods, but I'm worried that they'd outcompete the nymphs and eat their whole supply of dead leaves. Any input on that?
  10. Ok, thanks! Would keeping them on just cat food have the same effect? We don't have any dog food around, but we have cat food. It's a bit more protein, but other than that I don't think there are many differences.
  11. I'm starting up a dubia display colony. I know that's not what most people use dubias for, but I kinda like how they look, and they seem fairly bold if the light isn't too bright. Worth a try. I don't really want to deal with having several hundred extra roaches, though, so what can I do to slow their breeding without hurting them? Do they just breed constantly, or is there something I can do to make them think it isn't breeding time yet? If not, I'll just dump them all out when I have about the right number, sort them by sex, and set the smallest ones aside until they can be sexed properly. I'd like to keep a mix of sexes for appearance, though. Also, is there anything in particular that I can give them to make them big, or is it just sheer amount of food? Setup is below. It's a 10gal containing a thin layer of coco fiber bedding with a few pieces of bark and a bunch of deer bones on top. Simple, but I think it doesn't look half bad as a roach display.
  12. If they're living outside, any idea what sort of habitat they'd be in? Just under fallen leaves, maybe around fruit trees? I want to collect enough for a small colony, they're really pretty roaches.
  13. Last night, I saw something green and oval-shaped running across my ceiling. First thought: "well, that looks like a banana roach." Second thought: "that can't be right, those live in South America." So I get my butterfly net, and I catch it, and it is clearly a banana roach. It's little, bright green, and winged, and it has a white edge all the way around it. It's about 2cm long, and it seems healthy. I've looked at all the fruit in the kitchen, and I haven't found any more. I recently bought a pitcher plant online that came from California, but I'm reasonably certain I would have seen a green roach on it while potting it. Do banana roaches ever turn up in Central Texas, or should I keep looking for where it came from? I'm not concerned about an infestation, it's not humid enough here for them to breed well, it's more that I want to catch the rest.
  14. If they aren't on something hard, you can pick them up by the sides, like how people hold poker chips. Just hold lightly. They can't run off and generally won't try, they'll just kinda sit and wave their antennae.
  15. All my horseshoe crab roaches are about adult size, and they all have stubbly little wings. Does that mean they're all males? If yes, anyone have a couple of female horseshoe crab roaches they're willing to sell?
  16. That's awesome! I've never seen a molt, though I did once find a freshly-molted white nymph, and I've gotten a couple of exoskeletons. They actually do inflate themselves a bit after emerging. Most crustaceans puff air or water into their new, soft exoskeleton so it'll dry a size or two too large and they can grow into it. By any chance do yours look like mine here? Mine turned out to be G. Portensa + G. Oblongonota, and the nymphs look like Oblongonota, whereas the adults look a bit more like Portensa.
  17. He's a little bit less shiny now that he's not freshly emerged, but he's kept the colors, which is nice. Hoping that carries to future offspring, this is shaping up to be a cool bin of hybrid roaches.
  18. OK, good to know. Will grain mites eat plants? My roach cultures are over near where I want to put some houseplants.
  19. Is there anything that roaches will eat that grain mites won't, so I can make sure the roaches have a constant food supply without having to worry about the mites? Frankly, I'm a bit forgetful about feeding things, and I don't want the roaches to go hungry because they're all still growing, so I've been overfeeding a bit to make sure they still have food if I forget. I know dry hardwood leaves work for some species, but I'm not sure if they're applicable for all.
  20. They definitely haven't gotten that prolific. They're all over the lid and kinda on the walls, but they aren't covering everything. I checked, too, and the roaches only have a couple of mites each. The hissers don't seem to have any mites with them, but I keep their enclosure really dry. There's a water bowl that's just a little bowl stuffed full of sopping wet moss, and everything else is just barely short of desert-dry. The other three species are horseshoe crabs, death's heads, and Roth's burrowing roaches. I'm trying to keep them all wetter, so I'll try the springtails. Any idea how wet the springs need to be?
  21. Found this guy hiding near his shed exoskeleton. Thought the size/width contrast was neat, and he insisted on inspecting it rather than sitting still for a photo. He's a G. oblongonata/portensa mutt so it should be interesting to see how he develops.
  22. Well, I have grain mites in one of my smaller enclosures. And, since it was sitting on top of my large enclosure, probably in there as well. From what I've gathered, grain mites are sometimes allergens for people, might eat eggs/nymphs if I have an absurd amount, and are basically inevitable because they come in on cat food. Is this a "oh I'll just dry the enclosure out and feed less, maybe get some mite paper" situation or a "HOLY HECK TIME TO SIFT AND QUARANTINE" situation? I can't really find any sources for mite paper that deliver very quickly. And, on a related note, what's a good mite paper brand and where can I get it? Or could I theoretically just sit all the cultures in an inch or so of water with dish soap in to break the surface tension so no mites can escape?
  23. I don't think the roaches would get anything out of it, and it might kill them, so just save your money and give them a chunk of fruit or something like that as a treat.
  24. Hissers don't really need a substrate at all, just things to hide under. I'd imagine sand would get in their spiracles and irritate/suffocate them, and it can still grow mold.
  25. I've seen some little maggots in the bottom of a tiny temporary enclosure. Nothing dead in there for them to eat, so I'm pretty sure they're gnat or FF larvae, but they are kinda icky. They'll be good sundew food, though. If you have a sunny window and access to distilled water, you might actually be able to keep a few sundews alive. Look into Cape sundews if you're interested, they're pretty easy to keep alive and should be magnets for little flying pests.
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